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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A cyst is a round, firm lump found almost anywhere on your body. Cysts may grow slowly but are not cancerous. Treatment is not needed if you have no symptoms. Cysts can be opened and drained if they become infected or cause problems. Cysts can grow larger and make it hard for you to do your daily activities. You may also need antibiotics if there is an infection. You may need surgery to remove the cyst completely.
- Antibiotics may be given to treat or prevent an infection.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You develop a fever.
- The area around your cyst becomes swollen, red, and painful.
- Your cyst continues to drain for 2 days after you start antibiotics.
Care for your wound as directed:
If you have had your cyst drained or removed, care for your wound as directed. Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Your wound may need to be checked if your cyst was removed in the emergency department. You may need to see a surgeon if your cyst could not be removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask during your visits.
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